Manger by Mimi Thorisson


From time to time I come across great Manifest implementations. I particularly love the ones that add just enough customizations that it’s still recognizable as Manifest, but the additions makes it their own. The cooking blog of Mimi Thorisson is one of those implementations. From the elegant type, custom header, simple illustrations, to the excellent photography throughout the site. I find sites like this as sources of inspiration for new features to add to Manifest, be it core design updates or just added customization flexibility. I’ll be featuring more sites that catch my eye.

An Update on Manifest

Manifest is a WordPress theme I designed in 2010. At the time it was the design for my personal website. Upon redesigning my site, I didn’t want the theme to go to waste since I thought it was a pretty decent design. There wasn’t a big market for simple, single column wordpress themes so I decided to release it for free on my site. I emailed two popular WordPress theme sites about it and it took off from there. After about 200,000 downloads the team added it as an official WordPress theme on the service. It’s currently the 20th most popular theme on the site.

I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of all the love I got for the theme. I’ve met some great people online because of it and had some terrific ego stroking when I would learn someone I admire was using it. As the time I dedicated to work and family increased, the time I had to support theme with updates decreased.

Even though I stopped updating Manifest years ago, I still get requests for it and come across sites utilizing it in great ways. I also have a need to get my own site back in order, and Manifest once again accomplishes what I need to do. A couple of years ago I started a complete rebuild of the theme. Updating it with often requested features including support for the latest WordPress features. Over time I’ll be updating this latest version of Manifest and documenting the changes as a go along. My time dedication to work and family has not in any way decreased (in fact it’s only increased), so theme updates will be sporadic, but you can follow me on Twitter for news of any updates that happen.

Jenkinson's Boardwalk

Taken August 25, 2013 : Jenkinson’s Boardwalk : Point Pleasant, NJ

With our first be winter storm on the horizon I’ve been thinking a bit about summer. Looking forward to getting back to outdoor projects and family fun at the boardwalk.


One of my pet photography projects is taking photos on my commute through the nasty grimy bus windows. Rainy days are particularly fun with the randomness of the water droplets on the windows and reflections in the streets. It’s the kind of look people try a produce with the latest photo filters on their phones. I’ve been making more use of my Fuji x100t and managed to get this shot. I particularly like this image due to the contrast between the blur and the slightly more in-focus lady with the umbrella.

We could all use an umbrella to shield us from those occasional blurry days.

NASA Brand Guidelines

I’ve been working on design standards definitions and a style guide for the better part of a year. I’ve reviewed many style guides during that time looking for formatting ideas and general best practices. While my style guide is UI based, I couldn’t help but admire the attention to detail that went into NASA’s brand style guide. Hat tip to the Fast Company article ‘How NASA Stays Beautiful‘ that brought my attention to this gem.